Miami Dolphins: RB Daniel Thomas Done for the Year

By Craig Ballard

In the 2011 NFL draft the Miami Dolphins traded a third round pick, a fifth round pick, and a seventh round pick to the Washington Redskins so they could move up in the second round and draft running back Daniel Thomas. The plan was to have Thomas be the thunder running back. They brought in Reggie Bush to be the lightning. Only Bush has worked out.

Thomas is done for 2012, as he has a knee injury that has ended his season. This is the second Dolphin in as many days to have their 2012 officially end (for article on Charles Clay done for 2012 CLICK HERE).

Bush will be a free-agent this season, and it is unlikely that Thomas has played well enough in his two seasons to make fans think that he can be the number one running back going forward. Thomas is under contract through 2013, so I do think he will be back with the Dolphins after that, but his underwhelming play will surely have Miami looking for a number one (and perhaps a number two also) RB other than Thomas.

Thomas started his career very well. In his first two games he went north of 100 yards from scrimmage each time. In his 23 games since then he has not been close to 100 again. He did get his first four career rushing touchdowns this season, but his production overall has been poor.

Last season Thomas was a putrid three for 13 on 3rd-and-one conversions. This season he was replaced by Jorvorskie Lane as the short yardage guy.

At 6’1″ and with his running style, his body (and in particular his head) seems to be in harms way quite often. Lower body injuries, and concussions seem too frequent for Thomas. When I see a player that is injured often, and produces rarely, I am of course underwhelmed. I do not see Thomas as a viable contributor going forward and I hope his playing time can go to Lamar Miller and perhaps even Marcus Thigpen.

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